At OLAIAN we design bodyboarding products according to your level: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced.
We use the following definitions:
- Beginner: Rides broken waves and waves <80cm; is learning to steer in the waves; does not duck dive (diving under the wave).
- Intermediate: Rides waves up to 1.5m; is in control of their line and can do a few tricks (360°, El Rollo, etc.).
- Advanced: Rides all types of waves and successfully lands all kinds of tricks, even aerials: ARS, 360°, inverts, barrels, etc.
NB: We recommend the use of fins for all levels.
How to use your advanced bodyboarding leash.
This leash attaches to the bodyboard using the leash plug provided or already present on your bodyboard. To use it, place the cuff above your elbow on the side of your choice. Tighten the strap with your other hand and secure it with the rip-tab strap. NB: The cuff of this leash is too wide to be attached at the wrist.
Construction suited to all types of conditions: Advanced level.
The components chosen for this leash provide good durability in all types of waves. However, be careful not to put yourself in a dangerous situation due to a broken leash.
Always check the condition of your leash before the session and avoid prolonged UV exposure. Systematically rinse it and store it in a dry place in the shade.
The benefit of a spiral leash is that it is compact and does not get in your way during practice. If this leash is stored for too long in a stretched position, the coil will relax and it will no longer be compact. It is therefore recommended to attach the adjustable end to the cord connected to the plug, using it and the rip-tab strap between each session. This will prevent the leash from stretching when not in use. See the illustration photo provided.
Where to install the leash plug on the bodyboard
To install the plug on a bodyboard, first identify the correct location: Between 10 and 15 cm from the nose of the board and far enough away from any stringers.
If the board has two stringers, the plug must be central. If the board has a single stringer, the plug must be offset at least 5 cm from the middle of the board, on the right if you wear your leash on the right, or vice versa.
How to install the leash plug
At the desired location, pierce a hole using a large Phillips screwdriver from below. (If you pierce from the top, you could damage the slick by lifting it off).
Insert the two parts of the plug one after the other, with the screw at the bottom.
Screw it in using a £2 coin until the slick warps slightly.
Safety rules and behaviour in the water - Part 1.
Bodyboarding is a fantastic sport that requires certain fundamental rules to be followed for the enjoyment and safety of all.
1- Ask about and observe the characteristics of the spot: current, rocks, influence of the tide, wave size, number of people in the water, etc.
2- Do not overestimate your skills and choose an easier spot if the conditions exceed your abilities.
3- Use suitable equipment: Leash, fins and board in good condition, suitable wetsuit.
Safety rules and behaviour in the water - Part 2.
4- Follow the wave priority rules: Priority is given to whoever is closest to where the wave is breaking.
5- Go around the surfing area as you paddle out to the break to avoid getting in another rider's way.
6- Use fins if the water level is higher than your hips.
7- If you are not using fins, it is recommended to stay in the safe swimming area, ask the lifeguards present at the spot.
8- Ride with friends.
OLAIAN is the new Decathlon brand devoted to surfing, bodyboarding & skimboarding. This Basque-sounding name is inspired by the universe of our development centre in Hendaye, in the Basque Country. It is the contraction of OLA, as OLATU means wave and IAN, a Basque suffix meaning “inside”. At OLAIAN, we see a potential playground in every wave and we want each person to be able to improve whilst enjoying themselves, regardless of their surroundings and their environment.